How to Cook Tempeh in a Pan

How to Cook Tempeh in a Pan

In this article, I will take you through a process starting with selecting the tempeh and proceeding to its preparation and cooking methods that enhance its delectable flavor. Additionally I'll provide you with some suggestions and techniques to ensure you achieve a texture and taste that will leave you longing for more.

What is tempeh

Tempeh is created by fermenting soybeans. With its taste and firm texture, it has become a favored option for those seeking plant based protein. Apart from being a protein source tempeh also boasts an abundance of nutrients, like vitamin B12, vitamin K, iron and calcium.

Benefits of cooking tempeh in a pan

When you cook tempeh in a pan you have the advantage of being able to control the cooking process resulting in a crispy and a tender inside. Pan frying also enhances the flavors of tempeh giving it a taste. Another great thing about cooking tempeh in a pan is that you can use less oil in making it a healthier choice compared to frying.

Step-by-step guide on how to cook tempeh in a pan

Choose the right tempeh

Look for tempeh that is firm and free from any signs of spoilage. Organic and non-GMO options are recommended for the best quality and taste.

Prep the tempeh

Slice the tempeh into pieces. Dice it into small cubes based on your personal preference. Opting for slices will give you a crispier texture whereas thicker cubes will offer a bite.

Marinate the tempeh

To add taste you can marinate the tempeh by combining your seasonings. A basic marinade can be made with soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger and a hint of maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness. Allow the tempeh to marinate for 15 minutes so that the flavors can seep through.

Heat the pan

Heat a stick pan over medium heat and add a small amount of oil. Allow the oil to heat up before adding the tempeh.

Cook the tempeh

Place the tempeh evenly in the pan. Allow it to cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes until it forms a delightful golden brown crust. Gently flip the tempeh over. Continue cooking for a 3-4 minutes on the opposite side.

Remove from heat and serve

After cooking the tempeh to your level of crispiness take it out of the pan. Place it on a plate covered with paper towels to soak up any extra oil. Serve away either as a dish in protein on its own or add it into your favorite recipes.

Tips and tricks for cooking perfect pan-fried tempeh

For the best results, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Use a non-stick pan.
  2. Cut the tempeh evenly.
  3. Don't overcrowd the pan.
  4. Adjust the cooking time.
  5. Experiment with different oils (vegetable/canola oil/coconut oil/sesame oil)